Newport Folk Festival has announced that Trey Anastasio will join the event’s star-studded roster for 2019.
Anastasio will perform solo on the Newport stage on Sunday, July 28. He will join other previously-announced artists like Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Kacey Musgraves, Stephen Marley, Rayland Baxter, Lukas Nelson, Lake Street Dive and more.
Newport Folk has also made a donation on Anastasio’s behalf to the music program at Mt. Pleasant High School, which is located in Rhode Island’s nearby capital of Providence. The grant was entrusted to The Mockingbird Foundation, Phish’s fan-created charity which helps music programs around the US.
“The benefits of music education in the lives of young people are countless and yet music programs in our schools continue to be seriously underfunded,” Anastasio explained in an official statement. “Thankfully, there are organizations like The Mockingbird Foundation that are on the frontlines of this very worthy cause. They have donated over $1.4 million for both musical instruments and supporting staffing of school music departments in all 50 states. The fact that this non-profit organization was founded and funded by the Phish fan community is incredibly inspiring and humbling.”
As always, Newport Folk is sold out. For more information on the event click here.
Watch the Phish frontman’s full 2008 set at Newport Folk below: